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48th Annual Spring Plant Sale

48th Annual Spring Plant Sale

The Garden shares its legacy of conservation and propagation with the public at the Bay Area's largest plant sale featuring over 2,500 different kinds of plants with a dazzling variety of drought tolerant choices.

Preview Reception

Friday, May 4th, 2018, 4–5pm
Warm up for the plant sale with wine, small bites, live music, and first access to the Silent Auction—with the "Buy it Now" option, our most unique and fantastic plants can be yours before the sale even begins.

Reception is for Garden Lover Members ($150) and above.

Interested in upgrading your current membership to attend? Call 415.661.1316 ext 302.

Auditorium, County Fair Building

Member Preview Sale

Friday, May 4th, 2018, 5–8pm
SF County Fair Building

Silent Auction

Friday, May 4th, 2018, 5–7pm
Bid on rare and exotic plants in the Silent Auction. Winning contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed and provide essential support for the Garden.
SF County Fair Building Auditorium

Loading zones available for plant pick-up

Not yet a member? Join today and attend the Member Preview Sale!

What to Expect

We want you to make the most of your trip to San Francisco Botanical Garden's Annual Plant Sale. Below are some helpful tips to follow when planning your visit.


What kind of payment do you accept?
Cash, checks, and credit cards will be accepted at checkout.

Where are the perennials? Shrubs? How do I find what I'm looking for?
You will be able to pick up a map at the sale entrance.

Do you provide carts? How will I carry everything?
We will have limited shopping carts and baskets available for use at the sale. They can be found at the sale entrance and near checkout. We do encourage you to bring your own cart or wagon for easy transport.

We do provide boxes to help carry your treasures home. They will be located underneath plant display tables.

Will you have Will Call available?
Yes. Will Call will be located near the checkout to park your plants and free your arms while you continue shopping. We will hold plants both pre and post-purchase, but no plants will be held overnight Friday (except Silent Auction material with arrangements made with staff). All plants must be submitted, purchased, and retrieved from Will Call on the same day.

How do I care for my new plants?
Look for our friendly, knowledgeable volunteers, wearing Green Aprons, to find out how to care for your new plants.

How do I attend the Friday night sale?
Become a member to get first pick of the entire sale and bid on rare and exotic plants in the Silent Auction at the Friday night Member Preview Sale, plus receive great benefits throughout the year!

Consider joining at the Garden Lover ($150) level or above and attend the Member Preview Party from 4-5pm in the County Fair Building.

Where do I park?
Arrive early to avoid parking headaches. Nearby parking is located in the Music Concourse Garage on Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. Limited street parking is available in Golden Gate Park. For more detailed information, click here.

Where can I leave my plants while I get my car?
Plant pick-up is available behind the SF County Fair Building on Lincoln Way across from 10th Ave. You can drop off your plants with volunteers after checkout for temporary safe keeping. Bring your car around to have volunteers help you load your plants.

Is the Annual Plant Sale kid-friendly?
Yes! The Public Sale, March 5, will feature a Family Fun activity area where the littlest gardeners can enjoy a free, hands-on succulent planting activity and can make a butterfly buddy bracelet to take home.

Annual Spring Plant Sale

Saturday, May 5th, 2018 10am–2pm

This sale has it all—succulents, edibles, natives, alpines, rhododendrons, ferns, perennials, houseplants, shrubs, trees, and more.

Library Used Book Sale: Peruse the largest sale of used gardening books in Northern California!

Short lectures on subjects ranging from container gardening to houseplant care.

Master Gardeners of San Mateo and San Francisco Counties available to help answer your gardening questions.

FREE garden tool sharpening by the North Beach Orchard Supply Hardware staff.

Coffee and pastries: Available for sale by Andytown Coffee Roasters.

Family-friendly activities including hands-on succulent planting and leaf art activities as well as Biologist Tim Wong with living California pipevine swallowtail caterpillars and butterflies.

Questions? Call 415-661-1316 ext. 411 or

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Directions & Parking

Arrive early to avoid parking headaches! Nearby parking is located in the Music Concourse Garage on Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. Limited street parking is available in Golden Gate Park. For more detailed information, click here.

Tips for Members

Valid membership cards provide admission for one person to the Member Preview Sale.

Bring some cash for wine! Enjoy a cash-only wine bar while perusing the Member Preview Sale.

Bid at the Silent Auction. Friday night hosts a silent auction of rare and unusual plants from 5-7pm. Winning bids are tax-deductible donations that strengthen your connection to the Garden you love. Get ready for some bidding wars – the auction ends promptly at 7!

Upgrade your membership to the Garden Lover ($150) level or above to attend the Preview Reception from 4-5pm and to give your friends guest passes to attend the Member Preview Sale. Guest passes are mailed with your membership cards. For details on all membership benefits, click here

Enjoy wine and hors d'oeuvres, live music, and first access to the Silent Auction as you warm up for the big sale instead of waiting in line. With the Silent Auction's "Buy it Now" option, plants can be yours before the sale even begins. The Preview Reception for Garden Lover ($150) members and above is held from 4-5pm in the Auditorium Room of the SF County Fair Building. Click here to RSVP

Please note: Guests of the Preview Reception can enter the sale directly from the Auditorium and do not have to line up at the main entrance. All doors open promptly at 5pm. There is no early entry to the sale.

Not a member yet? Join online now or purchase a membership at the door. Don't forget, you can also upgrade to get a friend in! If you have any questions or would like to join, renew, or upgrade your membership by phone, please call our Membership Department at (415) 661-1316 ext. 302 or email


More than 200 people are involved with making the Annual Plant Sale a successful event.

Volunteer roles include:

  • Parking lot support
  • Greeters
  • Hospitality
  • Plant Specialists
  • Check-out
  • Inventory
  • Survey
  • Set-up & breakdown

Shift times are Friday, 5–8pm and Saturday, 10–2pm.

Click here to sign up!

Volunteers receive a free t-shirt, and food is provided before each shift.

For more information, contact Volunteer Services at 415-661-1316 x 400 or

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